March 2021 Club Meeting. The Club will hold its next meeting on March 15, 2021, commencing at 7:00 pm. All in-person meetings have been cancelled. We will use Zoom to conduct the meeting (instructions and the link to the meeting are below). We will hold a business meeting followed by a presentation. We will open the Zoom meeting at 6:00 for informal discussions and general conversations.
March 2021 Club Meeting:
- Presentation: An interview with Jason Oldham, KM4ACK
- Topics: Hear about the events that triggered his interest in becoming a Ham Operator and his passion for portable operations, emergency communications and helping others develop the knowledge and skill to do the same.
Afternoon In the Park. We had been planning to operate POTA from Castlewood Canyon State Park today, but it's going to be too cold. We have rescheduled our get together for Sunday March 28, 2021, weather permitting. We will operate from about 12:00 - 2:00 MST. Meet at the Canyon Point parking lot. We are hoping Duane, K0BUK, will be able to give us a little tour of the geology of the park. There is a small fee for admission to this park - $10 per carload. Even with the pandemic, you might consider car pooling. Here's a link to the website: Link.
Forums, Presentations, and Webinars
- QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Is scheduled for March 13 and 14, 2021 and will be "on-demand" until April 12, 2021. More info on the Expo tab on the QSO Today podcast home page. There is a small charge this year, but the price of admission is lower if you sign up before the event. Here's a list of some proposed speakers and topics. Last year it was quite an event and the list of speakers was impressive.
- HamSCI Workshop 2021. The meeting will take place March 19-20, 2021 using Zoom hosted by The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2021 HamSCI Workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science.
- Rocky Mountain Ham University. This year RMHamU is offering its courses on the second Saturday of the month. The plan is to use a hybrid in-person/Zoom format. The tentative schedule is:
1. March 13, 2021 Doug Sharp K2AD on Lightning Protection
2. April 10, 2021 Dave Macerowski WA1JHK on Mountain Top Applications for Single Board Computers
If you are interested in any of the RM Ham events, there is a signup process on the RM Ham University website.
License Classes. The Club will offer Technician License classes in April. Three classes will be held online and the fourth will be in person and will end with the exam.
Sat April 17; 1 – 5 PM Online
Sun April 18; 1 – 5 PM Online
Sat April 24; 1 – 5 PM Online
Sun April 25; 1 – 5 PM In Person (includes Exam)
Here is the link for registration: https://w0tlm.com/radio-classes/tech-registration.
VE Team. The next VE exam will be held on April 25, if there is space available, we will accommodate the students from our Technician License class before we open the VE session to the public.
Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Association FM Net is held each Monday night (except 3rd Monday of the month which is the night of the Club’s monthly meeting) commencing at 7:30 p.m. The Net is held on the NØXLF repeater located near Palmer Lake. The NØXLF repeater frequency is: 147.075 MHz, +600 offset (i.e., 147.675 MHz). A 131.8 Hz CTCSS tone is required to access the repeater. We recommend leaving "tone squelch" off on your radio. Please add this to your frequency list. You may also access the Net through Echolink, NØOBA, node 10079.
Net Control Station Operators: Net control operators for our FM Net:
- March 1 - KØTRD Tricia
- March 8 - WØGAS Greg
- March15 - No net, monthly meeting instead
- March 22 - N0OLD Dan
- March 29 - KD0YMC Robert
Our thanks to those who are volunteering to serve as Net Control Operators. We always need Net Control Operators, so please volunteer. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your on-the-air skills. It is easy to sign up, just go to the Net Control signup page at the Club's website and follow the instructions. There is a simple script that is easy to follow.
Hang Out on the NØXLF Repeater. During the pandemic it's a great time to "hang out" on the NØXLF repeater. This should be your go-to place for FM. Don't forget that if ARES is using it (very infrequent) ARES has priority.
Podcasts of Interest. The following podcasts may be of interest:
- QSO Today Episode 342 - John Ackerman - N8UR John spends much of his time as a proponent of open source, freely sharing both hardware and software designs with the TAPR community. The discussion includes TAPR, SDR transceivers, and the issues around open source and the maker movement.
- ARRL's Eclectic Tech - Episode 28. Receiving images from NOAA weather satellites; a chat with K7NVH about rockets and high-altitude balloons.
Equipment Loan Program. The Club still has a portable station available for loan to members. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the station has been available most of the time. If you would like to borrow it, please reach out to us and we'll get you on the schedule. The Station consists of an Icom IC-7300 (HF + 6m rig), a Kenwood TMV71A (this is a mobile VHF/UHF rig), a diamond X50A VHF/UHF antenna, and a mast. The gear is expertly mounted in a hard case and the station includes a power supply, wire end fed half wave antennas (20m and 40m). These are great assets of the Club and may help you decide on your next radio. We have also recently acquired tools for Powerpole connectors. Everyone should benefit from using these.
Upcoming Contests/Events. You might want to listen in or participate:
- Classic Exchange CW: 1400Z, Feb 28 to 0800Z, Mar 1 and1400Z, Mar 2 to 0800Z, Mar 3
- ARRL Inter. DX Contest, SSB: 0000Z, Mar 6 to 2400Z, Mar 7
Elmering. Jim NCØJW and others have been providing help to those who request assistance. If you need help with anything, please reach out. Our Google Groups email system is great for this purpose. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it - and remember: There are no stupid questions. If you have more than a question or two or would like to be paired with an Elmer, please let Jim NCØJW, Bob KØNR, or me know and we'll do our best to connect you with someone who can help you.
Zoom Invitation/Link for the Next Monthly Club Meeting. The link for the next monthly Club meeting (and the discussion preceding the meeting) is: [The link has been removed. Please sign up to receive these updates via our Google Group. The live link will be in the weekly update]. Connecting should be as easy as clicking the link. If you have your Zoom account set up you should be prompted to open your Zoom app. If you don't have a Zoom account, you will be prompted to permit Zoom to download. Once it has been downloaded, you will click the prompt to join the meeting. ZOOM HAS UPDATED ITS SETTINGS AND YOU MAY NOW BE PLACED IN A "WAITING ROOM" BEFORE JOINING THE CALL. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL BE WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE WAITING. Please check the lower left hand corner of the display to confirm that the video does NOT have a red line through it. Please also confirm that the microphone does have a red line through it. If you do not have a camera and microphone on your computer, you may still observe and listen in. The steps are the same, except you do not need to adjust your microphone and camera.
King Soopers Program. This is a simple way to generate easy money for the club. If you connect your King Soopers card to the Community Rewards program and select our club as the nonprofit organization, the club will receive a quarterly payment based on purchases. It costs you nothing and is a wonderful benefit for the club. Once you sign up, you are set forever. Please sign up for this program. We cannot emphasize this enough as this program really generates great revenue for the Club and it costs nothing for you to participate. Just log into your account (tied to your King Soopers Card) or create an account if you don't have one. Select Community Rewards Program, Type in Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association (or use our account number, KM150). Press "Enroll" and you will receive a confirmation. It's that easy and takes only a minute or two.
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